I've toyed with the same idea -- usually right around now, every ski season, when I ask myself, "how can I live my life so I can ski more??" In any case, here's an out-of-the-box area: Boise, Idaho, and it's smaller surrounding cities, Nampa and Meridian. The greater Boise area is often in the top ten of financial magazines as one of the most growing, best cities to live in in the United States. Cost of living is low, job opportunities are there, and the weather isn't too bad in either direction. Bogus Basin has very progressive season pass pricing (read: cheap), and world-class skiing beyond that is just a road-trip away, just like Yellowstone National Park is. There are really only three (3) major metropolitan areas that are near skiing in the Rockies (near meaning under two hours): Salt Lake City, Denver, and Boise. Nice thing about "major metropolitan" is.... jobs. And if you're into dirt bikes, you can head the opposite direction of the mountains, out into the desert, for limitless riding. I certainly wouldn't call Bogus Basin the equal of the Summit County, Colorado destinations, but its nowhere near as far, either. If there's a dump, you can jump in your car on a whim and be there in no time. Salt Lake City has that advantage over Denver, too, but in Idaho you won't have to contend with near-beer, for starters, lol.
All that said, never been to Boise. They tell me it's nice.